DA Korero | Spring – Hawke’s Bay

Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring to Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero | Spring. Like the autumn event, it is a casual opportunity to get the creative community together and have a chat about all things design. Join us at The Urban Winery on the 20th of September from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

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Auckland: DA Masterclass — Packaging Design with Matt Grantham

Through his own journey, Matt will guide you through the importance of developing and communicating a compelling brand story on ‘pack’. Understanding the client / their business, their products and consumers, to be empathic to them as well as the retail environment the product will live in. To dissect what the client wants to achieve while keeping an eye on opportunities they might have overlooked.

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Fresh from the Field – Waitemata Honey Face Cream by Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the brand and packaging for Waitemata Honey Face Cream by Onfire Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. In such an over saturated and competitive market sector as New Zealand Manuka Honey, brands need to…

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7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Christchurch September 13th, 2018

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh year! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights! Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Christchurch.

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7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Auckland June 28th, 2018

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh year! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights! Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Auckland. 

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Fresh from the Field — Activist Manuka Identity and Packaging by Fred l’Ami

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the identity and packaging design for Activist Manuka by Fred l’Ami. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Friends (and fellow kiwis living in L.A.) Luke Harwood & Gabrielle Mirkin wanted their Manuka honey brand to…

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DA Workshop Auckland: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design — Friday 20th April

There is a growing demand for authentic products, experiences and connection with people and community. This has created a growing desire to authentically engage with and share Māori culture, narratives and forms of expression. This workshop is designed to help anyone who would like to explore and understand authentic Māori Design, in a supportive and accepting environment.

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Auckland: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the panel

This years DA Conversations are back to discuss pertinent issues for the New Zealand graphic design community. In 2018 Sean McGarry, Creative Director at Voice will convene the conversation in Auckland between Donna McCort, Creative Director and Leonie Whyte, Senior Designer at Dow Goodfolk; Caroline Powley, Senior Lecturer at AUT as well as Nick Riley, Creative Director and Jonte Goldwater,…

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Hawke’s Bay: DA Korero 2018

Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring you our second event for Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero, a chance for creatives in the Bay to catch up and have a casual chat about all things design. Join us at The Urban Winery on the 22nd of March from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

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Being Assertive

Throughout your journey in your design career, there will be many occasions where you will need to be assertive. These could include: Handling conflict (with clients, internal teams or suppliers). Pitching and presenting. Asking for a promotion or salary increase. Standing up for your ideas. Being heard in meetings. Reaching solutions. Addressing unfair situations. Saying…

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Graphic Design & Photography – Vanessa Lewis

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with lifestyle photographer Vanessa Lewis to find out more about her work and her passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Vanessa, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us. Can you tell our readers a little bit…

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Dealing with fear and anxiety

Written by Sarah Ritchie, AM-Insider StudioLand is a tough environment. It’s quite conceivable that at various times you will feel a sense of fear or anxiety at work (or because of work). Your heartbeat quickens, your breathing gets shorter, and your mind races as you feel your work start to smother you. Fear can be a…

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DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 27 May 2017, Auckland

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Auckland: The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school! Saturday 27th May 10am–4.00pm Yoobee, Level 4 workspace 3 City Road Auckland CBD $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a…

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100 Days Project: 5 minutes with Mahani Del Borrello

As this year’s 100 Days Project rapidly approaches the 3/4 way through milestone, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Mahani Del Borrello, creator of Chromalgam. Mahani is making a range of digital and analogue colour experiments, stating that, “Having long been a fan of pastels, I will use them to transform my own photographs and…

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